The expected lifespan of hair systems depends on three major factors – base material, hair quality and hair care & maintenance. The general guidelines below outline how long you can expect your hair replacement system to last.
The type of base material used effects the durability of a hair system. The less durable = the least detectable. The more durable a hair replacement system is, the more detectable it usually is. The following is a guide of the expected timeframes a hair system should last:
Swiss Lace and Thin Skin hair systems generally last 4-6 weeks.
French Lace hair systems generally last 4-6 months.
Combination Mono with Poly hair systems generally last 6-9 months.
Polyurethane hair systems generally last 9-12 months.
Quality of Hair
There are hair replacement companies that consistently supply bad hair because they are using disreputable hair system suppliers, and then there are hair replacement companies that occasionally supply bad hair because it is the nature of the beast from time to time. There are so many variables, such as the quality of the original donor hair and the level of processing we request to achieve our desired look. Tight curls and light colours require the most processing and that has an effect on the durability. Typically, a processed hair system lasts about 3-6 months, depending on the hair quality and level of processing.
Care & Maintenance
How long a hair system will last also depends on your lifestyle and how you take care of it. Generally hair replacement companies give their customers minimal and incomplete information about the proper ongoing maintenance required to take care of their hair system, as they want their customers to buy products directly from them and purchase more hair systems more regularly. Unfortunately they do not always have the best interests of the consumer in mind. Because of this, people who are new to using hair systems tend to make uneducated mistakes in choosing hair care products and styling methods that result in dry, tangled, unmanageable hair that deteriorates faster than should be expected. This lack of proper care & maintenance translates very quickly into limiting the lifespan of a hair system.